“Which is the Greek coffee and which the Turkish?”
In Cyprus the way you order coffee can get you into trouble, as even coffee is political. But not for the author and her group of friends from both sides of the divide, who don’t want to colour themselves as either Greek or Turkish, but as Cypriots.
They are the Traitors’ Club, traitors because they are friends and because they have a goal that the rest of their compatriots don’t seem to share – to live together as one people.
Through playful banter over coffee in an Ottoman courtyard in the divided capital, Nicosia, they share their moving, funny yet sometimes harrowing experiences, as over the course of their lives they went through an anticolonial struggle, internecine fighting, war, partition and endless, ineffective peace negotiations, in what has become known as ‘the Cyprus problem’.